Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion


Los Angeles or remote, with regular travel and summer residency in Los Angeles


The Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (Zschool) at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), is a transformative gathering place for nonprofit leaders to learn, collaborate, and prepare to lead the business of Jewish life. The Zschool uses hands-on, project-based approaches, ensuring students acquire the skills needed to do the job effectively, and to spark innovative solutions to today’s Jewish nonprofit challenges. With its variety of educational options, the Zschool is uniquely positioned as the training ground and learning lab for Jewish community leaders around the world. The Zschool offers multiple degree tracks: Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (MAJNM), and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Innovation (MSOLI) and a certificate. MAJNM students may pursue a dual degree with any other university, including HUC-JIR and/or the University of Southern California (USC). The 7-week summer program usually held on the Los Angeles campus (adjacent to USC) has been remote over the pandemic with plans to return in person in 2023.

HUC-JIR seeks a Director to build on its recent growth and success and to broaden the vision and scope of the Zschool. The Director, who reports to the HUC-JIR Provost and supervises two Associate Directors, will lead a Zschool faculty comprised of field-leading scholars and practitioners, collaborate with colleagues across the College-Institute, shape the field by contributing as a thought leader and advancing the faculty’s scholarship, and oversee operations, faculty and student recruitment, curriculum development and field engagement.

HUC-JIR is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$170K – $185K

To apply

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Sue Sherr-Seitz, Evolve Giving Group:

Preliminary nomination/inquiry deadline: 10/7/22

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Key Responsibilities

  • Establish strategy and administer program development and evaluation, oversee finances and revenue generation to achieve programmatic, operational, and financial targets while fostering a success-oriented, accountable, high-morale and positive Zschool environment
  • Set strategy to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse, international student body and a faculty of distinguished scholars and experts in the field to support students’ academic aspirations and career ambitions
  • Partner with the Associate Directors and with HUC-JIR’s other school directors and senior leadership to strengthen and promote the Zschool as a flagship academic program for the next generation of Jewish communal leadership, as well as HUC-JIR as a whole
  • Cultivate partnerships with universities to establish new dual degree offerings and continue to strengthen the Zschool‘s relationship with USC
  • Oversee and implement the integration of elements of the Zschool curriculum across HUC-JIR and build platforms to reach a broader audience
  • Work with HUC-JIR’s Office of Institutional Advancement to spearhead philanthropic efforts for anticipated future needs of the Zschool
  • Oversee and develop the Friends of Zelikow School’s capacity to be financial stewards of the school and advance its strategic plan
  • Serve as the Zschool’s primary thought leader and spokesperson in the Jewish community and academic forums; contribute regularly to primary media of the Jewish nonprofit sphere and relevant scholarly publications

Qualifications & Skills

  • Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in a related field
  • 10+ years academic and/or professional experience in Jewish nonprofit management
  • Extensive knowledge of and personal connections within the American Jewish. community
  • Advanced leadership skills, including the ability to set, articulate, and implement a strategy
  • Capability for leading and fostering a climate for change, risk-taking, growth, and excellence
  • Fundraising, program development and budget management experience
  • Teaching and academic research experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills; the ability and desire to build consensus and cooperation between constituencies
  • Ability to effectively articulate the value of the Zschool to current and potential students, alumni, partners, donors, and community stakeholders
  • Track record of maintaining and modeling the highest personal, ethical, and professional standards
  • Passion for the Zschool mission and working with emergent Jewish communal leaders
  • Understanding and appreciation of Jewish history, customs, literature, and calendar

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